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Habitat NOVA Celebrates Completion of its Newest Home in Falls Church

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Nathan Petrillo
703-521-9890, ext. 105

Habitat NOVA Celebrates Completion of its Newest Home in Falls Church

FALLS CHURCH, VA (October 10, 2014) – Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (Habitat NOVA), its partners and its volunteers celebrated the completion of the organization’s 80th new home yesterday in Northern Virginia alongside the deserving family who have achieved the dream of home ownership.

“Habitat NOVA offers qualified, extremely hard-working families like the Khalils, a hand up to home ownership, not a hand out,” said Rev. Jon Smoot, executive director of Habitat NOVA, during a dedication ceremony at Second Baptist Church, around the corner from the new home in Falls Church. “They have earned the right to own this home through their excellent work for a great credit score, ability to repay a zero-interest mortgage and hundreds of hours poured into this home in their sweat equity.”

Since its founding in 1990, Habitat NOVA has helped more than 400 people, like the Khalils, by building 80 new homes, rehabilitating 6 homes and repairing the exteriors of another 25 homes in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and Falls Church.

The new home owners left Sudan to seek a better life in America. Their new life has been filled with hard work and the joys of building a family. But despite their efforts, the Khalils endured constant issues finding adequate, healthy and affordable housing. They moved a number of times over the past several years to seek lower rents and better living conditions for their four daughters.

With the hard work of volunteers, and support from generous donors like E*Trade, Stockwell-Frase Family Fund, CapitalOne, Christopher Companies, the Virginia Housing Development Agency, The Stafford Foundation and Leidos, Habitat NOVA helped the family achieve the dream of owning a healthy and affordable home.

“Every square inch of this home is packed with love, laughter, new friends, corporate and community give-back, all-told some 7,000 volunteer hours created this home,” said Rev. Smoot. “Habitat for Humanity truly does harness the power of a community to build affordable homes, creating new community in the process.”

To request high-resolution photos from the event, please click here.

About Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia’s (Habitat NOVA) unique model of affordable housing focuses on home ownership. Habitat NOVA home owners secure a no-interest mortgage, while the non-profit secures corporate sponsorship, in-kind donations and volunteer labor to make the home affordable. Habitat NOVA was founded in 1990, and to date has built 80 homes, rehabilitated 6 homes and repaired the exteriors of 25 homes, benefiting more than 400 people. As a local, self-sustaining affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat NOVA serves the counties of Fairfax and Arlington and the cities of Falls Church, Fairfax and Alexandria. Learn more at www.habitatnova.org.

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Habitat Herald – Oct. 2014

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Habitat NOVA and Local Leaders Celebrate ReStore Alexandria’s Move to the City of Alexandria

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Nathan Petrillo
703-521-9890, ext. 105
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Habitat NOVA and Local Leaders Celebrate ReStore Alexandria’s
Move to the City of Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA, VA (September 22, 2014) – Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (Habitat NOVA) celebrated the relocation of its ReStore Alexandria to the City of Alexandria with a two-day grand opening event this past weekend. On Friday, September 19th, local leaders joined Habitat NOVA staff and board members for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the store’s new location at 869 S. Pickett St.

John T. Long III, President & CEO, Alexandria Chamber of Commerce; Delegate Charniele Herring, Virginia House of Delegates, (46th District); Peter Baldwin, President, West End Business Association; Alexandria Councilwoman Redella “Del” Pepper; and candidates for Virginia’s 8th Congressional District participated in the event. The celebration continued on Saturday, September 20th, with fun activities for shoppers.

ReStore Alexandria is one of two home improvement re-sale shops that Habitat NOVA operates to help support its mission to provide affordable home ownership opportunities to hard-working families in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and Falls Church. Habitat NOVA’s ReStores are open to the general public.

“As ReStore Alexandria approaches its 10th anniversary, we’re excited to announce that the store has relocated to the west end of the City of Alexandria,” said Rev. Jon Smoot, executive director of Habitat NOVA. “The new store is bigger and brighter, which will improve the shopping experience for our customers, and its convenient access to major roads makes it easier for donors who choose to drop off new and used building materials, appliances and home improvement items.”

When businesses and individuals donate home improvement and other items to ReStore Alexandria, and savvy shoppers buy them at steep discounts, it’s a win-win-win situation. ReStore Alexandria repurposes goods and keeps reusable items out of landfills; offers the general public up to 90 percent off retail prices; and provides a steady stream of funding to support affordable home ownership opportunities in Northern Virginia.

ReStore Alexandria is open to shoppers Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations can be dropped off Monday through Saturday. To schedule a donation pick up, call 703-360-6700, or fill out this online form: http://habitatnova.org/schedule-a-donation/. Donations are tax-deductible.

About Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia’s (Habitat NOVA) unique model of affordable housing is focused on home ownership. Habitat homeowners secure a no-interest mortgage, while the non-profit secures corporate sponsorship, in-kind donations and volunteer labor to make the home affordable. Habitat NOVA was founded in 1990, and to date has built 80 homes, rehabilitated 4 homes and repaired 20 homes, benefiting more than 400 people. As a local, self-sustaining affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat NOVA serves the counties of Arlington and Fairfax, and the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church. Learn more at www.habitatnova.org.

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Habitat NOVA Partnering with Savers Donation Network

Habitat NOVA is pleased to announce a partnership with Savers Donation Network, which operates local Savers thrift stores whose sales of donated items help support charities.

Savers Donation Network accepts items like clothing, shoes, linens and curtains, jewelry, small housewares and soft household items.

“This program is a great complement to our ReStores, because it accepts items that our ReStores don’t and generates funds to support our mission,” said Rev. Jon Smoot, Habitat NOVA’s Executive Director.Savers Truck

In addition to providing home pick up service, Savers will be adding donation bins to our two Restores – in Alexandria and Chantilly.

To schedule donation pickups:

  • Please call Savers Donation Network at 855-828-0687 or click here to schedule a pickup of clothing, shoes or soft household items.
  • Please call ReStore at 703-360-6700, or complete this online form, to schedule a pickup of large appliances, furniture, building materials or home improvement supplies.
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Habitat Herald – August 2014

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia’s August 2014 newsletter: Click here to view PDF copy of newsletter

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Habitat NOVA and ArtInsights Present There’s No Place Like Home: Official Art of the Wizard of Oz

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Nathan Petrillo
Habitat NOVA, 703-521-9890

Leslie Combemale
ArtInsights, 703-478-0778

ARTINSIGHTS PARTNERS WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY AND WARNER BROS. FOR 75th ANNIVERSARY ART SHOW “THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME:  OFFICIAL ART OF THE WIZARD OF OZ

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Reston, Va. (Aug. 8, 2014) - ArtInsights Animation and Film Art Gallery is teaming up with Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia for an exhibit and sale of official The Wizard of Oz art, showing interpretive artwork from the classic movie by carefully selected film artists chosen to represent a wide diversity of imagery and artistic styles. In honor of the Hollywood premiere of The Wizard of Oz on August 15, 1939, all are invited to an open house from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, August 15, as well as to an event featuring official Warner Bros. artist Andrea Alvin on Sunday, August 17, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at ArtInsights, located in the Reston Town Center in Reston, VA. Ten percent of profits from sales of The Wizard of Oz art sold during the exhibit will be donated to Habitat for Humanity, as well as all money raised from the raffle during its opening weekend and a silent auction running until the end of the show. The exhibit, entitled “There’s No Place Like Home,” will be on display through September 15.  For more information, please contact ArtInsights at 703-478-0778 or visit www.ArtInsights.com.

Through Warner Bros., a collection of highly regarded artists have been commissioned to create images inspired by the film for art collectors and film fans. John Alvin, cinema artist responsible for the movie posters for E.T., Blade Runner, and The Lion King, created images prior to his death in 2008, and they will now be seen in public for the first time at this special exhibit at ArtInsights. His wife and partner at Alvin & Associates, Andrea Alvin, has also created art and will make a special guest appearance during the opening weekend of the exhibit and sale. She has hand-embellished two of her The Wizard of Oz limited edition art pieces, making them unique and highly collectible. One of the art pieces, “Startling Stories: Wicked Witch,” will be part of the raffle and the other, “Startling Stories: Tin Man,” will be available through the silent auction. Other artists on exhibit include Steve Chorney, the poster artist for the Who Framed Roger Rabbit? one-sheet, and Dan Killen, concept artist on Space Jam and The Iron Giant.

“We are proud and excited to be the gallery celebrating the actual anniversary of such a classic film,” says ArtInsights owner Leslie Combemale. “The quote, ‘There’s no place like home,’ has so much resonance when thinking of affordable housing.  We always love involving charity in our exhibits, now collectors can enjoy inspiring images from one of their favorite films and do good at the same time.”  ArtInsights adds the official art of The Wizard of Oz to a collection of film art, all created by licensed and most distinguished artists working in the film industry today.

For more information about the gallery exhibit and opening benefitting Habitat for Humanity, go to artinsights.com. Find out more about the “There’s No Place Like Home” campaign at http://thewizardofoz.com/Habitat. To buy raffle tickets or find out more about Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia, go to http://habitatnova.org/event/theres-no-place-like-home/ or call 703-521-9890.

ABOUT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia’s unique model of affordable housing is focused on home ownership. Habitat homeowners secure a no-interest mortgage, while the non-profit secures corporate sponsorship, in-kind donations, and volunteer labor to make the home affordable. Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (Habitat NOVA) was founded in 1990, and to date has built 80 homes, rehabilitated 4 homes and repaired 20 homes, benefiting more than 400 people. As a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat NOVA serves the counties of Fairfax and Arlington and the Cities of Falls Church, Fairfax, and Alexandria. More information is available at www.habitatnova.org.

ABOUT ARTINSIGHTS ANIMATION AND FILM ART GALLERY
ArtInsights, established in 1994, is a privately owned gallery located just outside of Washington, DC at Reston Town Center, in Virginia. The gallery presents important images from the 20th and 21st century film art genre, including original art from the masters of film and moving entertainment. From film campaign artists to concept and layout artists to animators, ArtInsights represents a wide collection from the giants and up and comers of film art. With over 30 years experience, the owners work with their worldwide collector base to build and insure the integrity of their collections. They sell rare images used in production as well as original commissions which are often used to create official limited editions.  ArtInsights exclusively represents the original art of John Alvin, Ciara McAvoy, Casey Robin, and Ben Curtis Jones, and also exhibits Tim Rogerson, Jim Salvati, Mike Kungl, Chuck Jones, Christian Waggoner, Steve Chorney, Mary Grandpre and and many other artists made famous by their work for the major Hollywood studios. Featured studios include Disney, Warner Bros., Paramount, and 20th Century Fox, in a display of images from the best classic movies and animated features of the last 100 years as well as newer classics like Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Star Trek. You can see more on their website, and learn more on their web magazine, as well as hear movie reviews by owner Leslie Combemale’s alter ego, Cinema Siren, on over 600 Patch sites nationwide or through artinsightsmagazine.com. ArtInsights Animation and Film Art Gallery is located at 11921 Freedom Drive, Reston, VA 20190. For more information, call 703-478-0778 and visit www.ArtInsights.com.

ABOUT WARNER BROS. CONSUMER PRODUCTS
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

THE WIZARD OF OZ and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Turner Entertainment Co.(s14)

 

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Habitat Herald – July 2014

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia’s July 2014 newsletter:
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ReStore Alexandria is Moving!

ReStore customers: Our ReStore in Alexandria is relocating! This is our last week at 7770 Richmond Highway. Be sure to stop by to score great deals on our remaining inventory before we relocate. We will be closing this location at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 26.

ReStore Alexandria will soon be moving to the West End neighborhood in the City of Alexandria. The new ReStore will be larger than the previous one, so we will be able to provide you with more merchandise, deals and an even better selection than before! More information on the new location and Grand Opening event will be posted soon!

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Habitat NOVA Selected to Participate in NAP Tax Credit Program

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Media Contact:
Nathan Petrillo
Marketing & Communications Manager
Habitat NOVA
703-521-9890 Ext. 105

Habitat NOVA Selected to Participate in Neighborhood Assistance Program

Virginia Program Offers Tax Credits to Donors Supporting Non-profits Serving the Needy

ARLINGTON, Va. (July 2, 2014): Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (Habitat NOVA) is pleased to announce its recent acceptance into the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) run by the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Social Services. This program offers tax credits for donations to approved non-profit organizations in Virginia that serve the needy.

“We’re excited to participate in NAP this year,” said Rev. Jon Smoot, Habitat NOVA’s executive director. “This program offers substantial state tax credits to our donors, who are supporting our mission to build safe, decent and affordable homes in Northern Virginia.”

Using the program, individual donors who give at least $500 may be eligible for a Virginia tax credit of 65 percent of the value of their total contribution between July 1, 2014, and December 31, 2014, or between January 1, 2015, and June 30, 2015.

NAP tax credits are also available to businesses and trusts. The minimum donation from an eligible business or trust is $616.

The Virginia Department of Social Services allocated tax credits to more than 200 charities that participate in NAP. Those interested in making a donation to Habitat NOVA should call 703-521-9890 to determine the amount of NAP tax credits available. Tax credits are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Donors must also complete Part I and II of the NAP Contribution Notification Form, and send it with all supporting documentation to Habitat NOVA to reserve their credits before making a donation. Habitat NOVA will complete the form and submit it to the Virginia Department of Social Services, which will send a tax credit certificate to the donor.

To learn more about the NAP tax credits or to download the NAP Contribution Notification Form, please visit: http://www.dss.virginia.gov/community/nap.cgi.

About Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia’s unique model of affordable housing is focused on home ownership. Habitat homeowners secure a no-interest mortgage, while the non-profit secures corporate sponsorship, in-kind donations and volunteer labor to make the home affordable. Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (Habitat NOVA) was founded in 1990, and to date has built 80 homes, rehabilitated 4 homes and repaired 20 homes, benefiting more than 400 people. As a local, self-sustaining affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat NOVA serves the counties of Fairfax and Arlington and the Cities of Falls Church, Fairfax and Alexandria. Learn more at www.habitatnova.org.

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Thanks for Making Do More 24 a Big Success for Habitat NOVA

Thanks to our generous donors, Habitat NOVA raised $1,100 in 24 hours on June 19. Habitat NOVA participated in The United Way of the National Capital Area’s Do More 24™ giving event. The annual fundraiser, which benefits local nonprofit organizations, is only open for 24 hours online, during which donors can make gifts. Do More 24 awarded prizes to organizations throughout the day, in categories such as number of donations.

Do More 24 raised $1.1 million for nonprofits in our area. Thank you to everyone who donated to Habitat NOVA and helped spread the word! The donations will continue to help Habitat NOVA provide a “hand up” to home ownership, so that we can build a better community together.

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